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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Seven participants enjoyed a mild, sunny morning for this week's survey. Two people concentrated on birds while the rest stayed closer to the gardens and observed insects. The lights around the buildings are luring plenty of nocturnal moths but the number of insects attracted to flowers is still a bit low.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Pyrota insulata (blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Cydosia aurivitta (straight-lined cydosia)
photo by Val Bugh


Nemoria zygotaria (emerald)
photo by Val Bugh


Megalopyge opercularis (southern flannel moth cocoon)
photo by Esther Burnett


Glena quinquelinearia (five-lined glena)
photo by Val Bugh


Aphid corpses that were parasitized by wasps;
the round holes are where adult wasps exited the bodies after pupating
photo by Val Bugh


Nerice bidentata (double-toothed prominent)
photo by Val Bugh


Estigmene acrea (saltmarsh moth in defensive posture)
photo by Esther Burnett


Oecobius sp. (wall spider, about 3 mm long)
photo by Val Bugh


Schizura unicornis (unicorn caterpillar moth)
photo by Esther Burnett


Euerythra phasma (red-tailed specter in defensive posture)
photo by Val Bugh


Ceresa sp. (treehopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Xerociris wilsonii (Wilson's wood-nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus)
    Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Misc.:
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Anaea sp.  Leafwing
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      noctuidae  Cerathosia tricolor  Moth
        Cissusa mucronata  Moth
        Cydosia aurivitta  Straight-lined Cydosia
        Elaphria festivoides  Festive Midget
        Faronta diffusa  Wheat-head Armyworm
        Leucania adjuta  Adjutant Wainscot
        Morrisonia mucens  Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird-dropping Moth
        Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
        Sympistis atricollaris  Moth
        Xerociris wilsonii  Wilson's Wood-nymph
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Moth
        Euerythra phasma  Red-tailed Specter
      notodontidae  Nerice bidentata  Double-toothed Prominent
        Schizura unicornis  Unicorn Caterpillar Moth
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Southern Flannel Moth (cocoon)
      geometridae  Anavitrinella atristrigaria  Gulf Coast Gray
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Eupithecia sp.  Pug
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Macaria aequiferaria  Woody Angle
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier
      elachistidae  Ethmia zelleriella  Zeller's Ethmia
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk

    diptera  tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly
      syrphidae  Toxomerus geminata  Flower Fly
        Eupeodes volucris  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly

    coleoptera  cerambycidae  Ataxia crypta  Long-horned Beetle
      dermestidae  Anthrenus sp.  Carpet Beetle
      meloidae  Pyrota insulata  Blister Beetle

    hemiptera  miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug nymph
      coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug

    homoptera  aphidae  Unknown sp.  Aphid
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper
      cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper

    hymenoptera  formicidae  Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant
      apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee

    orthoptera  acrididae  Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper

    araneae  linyphiidae  Neriene radiata  Filmy Dome Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Long-jawed Orbweaver
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider

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